AUBURN, Ala., April 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Kevin T. Nash and Dermatology Specialists of Auburn have joined the fight against skin cancer by offering a free and potentially life-saving skin cancer screening on Friday, May 1st, from 1 pm to 4 pm for any adult who has not had their skin screened in the past 12 months. To schedule a screening, please call 334-821-9308.
Since skin cancer was first acknowledged as an epidemic in the U.S. in 20101 more than 1 million cases have been diagnosed. The American Academy of Dermatology and The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery continue to spearhead the fight against skin cancer by promoting the importance of annual skin cancer screenings with the goal of educating communities across the country on the importance of early detection of skin cancer and maintaining health skin.
The signs of sun-damaged skin are not always immediately obvious, but the effects of sun damage can accumulate and worsen over time. At Dermatology Specialists of Auburn we can't stress enough the importance of regular skin exams by a board-certified dermatologist as well as self-exams and daily sun-safe behaviors, such as applying a golf ball-sized amount of SPF 30 (or higher) sunscreen every day, throughout the day, based on your time spent outdoors. Remember, sunscreen has an expiration date typically 3 years from its manufactured date.
While a regular skin exam by a dermatologist is the best option, you can still perform a self-exam if you can't schedule an appointment. If you find moles that are asymmetrical, have an irregular border, are larger than a pencil eraser or are evolving, multiple colors and bleeding or itching, you should schedule an appointment with your dermatologist immediately and come in for a screening.
About Dermatology Specialists of Auburn
Dermatology Specialists of Auburn, an affiliate of Southeastern Dermatology Group, P.A., is a professional team of physicians and certified physician assistants (PA-Cs), who are trained in the medical and surgical sub-specialty of dermatology. The practice provides medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatological care for patients of all ages administered by highly skilled physicians, physician assistants and clinicians using the latest technologies and treatments, including Mohs Micrographic Surgery, which offers the highest cure rate for skin cancer. For more information, visit http://www.dermspecialistsauburn.com.
About Kevin T. Nash, MD, PhD
Dr. Kevin T. Nash is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he received both his MD and PhD degrees as part of the National Institute of Health Medical Scientist Training Program. While at UAB, he received national and international recognition for his research on melanoma metastasis biology, giving presentations throughout the United States and abroad.
About the American Academy of Dermatology
The American Academy of Dermatology was founded in 1938. It is the largest, most influential and most representative dermatology group in the United States. With a membership of more than 17,000, it represents virtually all-practicing dermatologists in the United States, as well as a growing number of international dermatologists.
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